This morning, the tides and winds were favourable to depart Puerto Natales and head through the Kirke Narrows toward the Bernal Glacier. This glacier is in retreat and not actively calving, so it was possible to approach it a little more closely than usual…although not too closely! The landing afforded a pleasant walk through the vegetation and some great views of local birdlife. The glacier itself was truly spectacular and megalithic.
For the rest of the day, we cruised toward our destination for tomorrow, Punta Arenas. We passed along narrow fjords, barely able to leave the deck (or a nearby window) for fear of missing something spectacular outside the ship! What an incredible place, full of serene water traversed by passing birds, incredible geology on both sides, and distant, misty mountains as the backdrop.